|Posted on March 9, 2018 at 2:15 PM|
Vietnam Veterans of America
Veterans Helping Veterans
Serving ALL Veterans in
CHAPTER MEETING MINUTES
FEBRUARY 8, 2018
Executive Officers Directors
□ President - Neil Johnson □ Calvin Haggen □ John Scaduto
□ Vice-President - Marty Barrett □ Tony Pinkard □ Richard Walker
□ Secretary - Tina Sansouci
□ Ramiro Parocua □Jack Constantine
□ Asst. Secretary - Fred Hagenbeek □ Jack Constantine □ Leonard Griffin
□ Treasurer - Jim Croft □ □ Richard Walker - Chaplain
□ Sgt.-At-Arms - Paul Scott □ State Delegate - □State Delegate Members - At-Large - Neil Johnson
1) Meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.
a) Salute to the Colors led by Neil Johnson.
b) Prayer by Cal Haggen
2) Roll Call of Officers and Directors: All Officers and Directors were present with the exception of Tina Sansouci, Paul Scott and Fred Hagenbeek who were excused.
3) Guests included: Dan Waymack, Charles Hopkins, and Ray Morgan.
4) Secretary’s Report: Motion to accept the Secretary’s Report was made by Tony Pinkard. Motion seconded and passed by member vote.
5) Financial Report:
a) Beginning Balance $ 23,451.71
b) Deposits $ 1,477.61
c) Expenditures $ 274.95
d) Ending Balance $ 24,654.37
e) Motion to accept the Financial Report was made by Marty. Motion seconded and passed by member vote.
6) Unfinished Business:
a) Activities Committee Report:
i) This year’s Chapter picnic will be held on April 29, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Cornerstone Park in Henderson.
ii) Cookies sales prior to our Chapter meetings have started again. Income from the sale of cookies goes to the cost of our annual Christmas dinner.
b) Budget Meeting (Cal): The Budget meeting will be held at the March 1, 2018, Board of Director’s meeting. A draft of the new annual budget has been sent to the Board members.
c) Service Dog (John): A new contract with Michael’s Angel Paws has been signed. Beginning February 1, 2018, they started looking for a dog to pair with a veteran for training. The first payment has been issued.
d) April Elections: Two positions are available: Secretary and one Director. Any position that a member would like to take on as a challenge is welcome to run for that position
e) Fundraisers (Jack Constantine):
i) There is a fundraiser at the Bass Pro Shop tomorrow, February 9, 2018, and Saturday, February 10, 2018. Jack passed around a volunteer list.
ii) Partial List of fundraisers for this year include the Galleria at Sunset; Bass Pro Shop, and Boulder Dam CU in April. More information to come.
f) 2018 Membership Drives (Marty): Paul Scott wants to help at SW Clinic on Wednesday’s before the Chapter meeting. He will coordinate with Marty Barrett. Lance stated they will send out a notice on time and location.
g) Members-At-Large Outreach (Marty): No report.
h) Election By-Laws (Marty): VVA National wants us to give all the DD 214’s back. An amendment needs to be made to the By-Laws regarding the handling/disposition of the DD 214’s on file. Notice will be sent to members and if they do not want their DD 214 returned, it will be shredded.
i) Chapter Activities Fund Balance (Jack): There is a total $740.00 in the Chapter Activities Fund available.
7) Other Unfinished Business: None
a) Catholic War Vets Report (Neil): Catholic War Vets submitted Monthly Welfare Program Reports for the months of June through December 2017. Finance Committee reviewed these reports and approved them.
b) Nevada State Vietnam Veterans Celebration (NSVVC) at the Grant Sawyer Bldg. on March 29, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. A few of us have been working with the state of Nevada on the Vietnam Veterans Day celebration on March 29. At the Grant Sawyer Building, they are going to be holding a celebration of the survivors of the Vietnam era. Recognition will be given to the POWs, MIAs and KIAs. All Chapter member are invited to participate. Attire request, our standard black uniform (black pants and shirt). There will be refreshments which we are looking to provide. The Activities Committee is in the process of obtaining the refreshments that have been requested.
c) Palm's Mortuary presentation. For those who are looking for something other than a state or federal plot burial, they are willing to come out and share with you what your options are and what the added expenses are. They are willing to discuss what the potential hidden costs may be associated with the Boulder City Veterans Cemetery as well. If you are interested, please contact the Secretary and your information will be forwarded to Palm’s Mortuary. One on one meetings are available to everyone at your home, the Palms Mortuary on Boulder Hwy. and/or a group at the VFW for a group of 6 or more.
9) Other New Business:
a) The Chapter was informed of the Veterans Medical Transport Network. They transport veterans to ANY medical or dental appointment they have. Arrangements need to be made 4 to14 days in advance. This is FREE transportation.
b) SW Clinic has not gotten water in four to five months. They will be included in water delivery.
c) Veteran’s Reporter News: The majority of the spelling and contact information errors have been corrected.
d) Voicemail is now activated on the Cricket phone so the number will take messages. The Chapter Secretary has the phone and will relay any messages necessary.
a) Gun Show at the World Market Center on February 10 – 11, 2018. Location for the
gun show is 495 Grand Central Parkway, Las Vegas.
b) Chapter 17 fund raiser at Black Bear Diner on Feb. 13, 2018, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The address is 8565 W. Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV. Ten percent (10%) of the proceeds will be for Veteran medical and support services.
c) VVA State Meeting will be held at Chapter 17 on Saturday, February 17, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
d) Ram Parocua thanked the President for his service and his dedication and informed the Chapter that it was Neil Johnson’s birthday today.
e) Tony Pinkard spoke with Judge Stevens this afternoon and asked if he had a need for any monies. Judge Stevens replied he did not but if the need arises, he will let the Chapter know.
f) Ram Parocua informed the Chapter that for those who participated with PBS to record your experiences in Vietnam, PBS going to have a meeting in March on the last Friday of the month at 11:00 to do final editing of individual presentations. If you want to have your experiences included in the program, you need to attend that meeting. The PBS program will air on March 29.
g) RSVP program is disbanding as of March 18, 2018. There is no funding for the program.
11) Salute to the Colors by Neil Johnson.
12) Meeting was adjourned at 7:50 p.m.